Just Bag It Already!

I failed!! Do you remember my post on February 1st ~ A Bag A Day ~ My fabulous idea to purge my house of clutter 1 brown bag at a time?!  Yep… I failed!  In early February I took my first 7 bags into the kids rooms… and 4 large tote boxes… and I purged!  I didn’t manage to photograph all the before and afters but I captured enough to give you the idea!??  So I enthusiastically started in my kids rooms, we sorted, cleaned, purged, filled brown bags and four colored totes … and then…I even started my bathroom before I put my daughters room back together!  and then….  I went to the dentist… and I got deeper into  blog land… and well…. my daughters room still needs to be put back together! a month later!!  and the rest of my bags still  sit empty!

So my fabulous Early Spring Cleaning is going to be edging closer to Spring Cleaning!  ha ha!

Flash forward 20 days later?

TAKE 2 ~  1 Brown Bag A Day!!

Would you like to see what I actually DID do before the dentist and before I got sucked into the depths of beautiful, wonderful blogland?!!  =)

My son Sammy’s Room ~

sorry ~ we had already started sorting before I wised up and got the camera!

We sorted ~ and used Peter Walsh’s clever piles ~ keep, toss, donate, sell!  The green and purple totes you are about to see are the “sell” piles  ~ really I did more than 7 bags in the kids rooms b/c the totes count too!

Sammy’s  room is a fun room when it is clean   ~ I proudly painted it myself!!  The kids may have rolled a few lines on the walls in the Spirit of “helping”.  The road is painted with chalk board paint and we used/use soap stone to write on it…it is far less dusty!!

The closet is open and a useful space ~ when it is tidy and organized.  I used some cheap $16 wire shelves to hold toys on one side and clothes on the other!  His room is so small – so we opened up the closet and got a loft bed to add functional storage and play space!

oops ~ another sell item out of order!

Abby’s lovely purple room!  Also painted by yours truly!   What a mess!  She has a much bigger but odd shaped room ~ we also opened up her closet b/c we liked the open feel!

Messy Messy!

On my next Bag a Day Post ~ Hopefully next week I will squeeze it in?! ~ I will post her finished organized room!  I also took pictures of the 2 purple bins full of barbies and horses ~ that will be her “sell” items if we manage a garage sale this year!  Currently the purple bins are MIA in the garage I suspect?!!   SO ~  Here are the 7 bags from my first purge week WAY back in early Feb!!  The bags include items to toss, recycle, donate and  a few “sell” items that didn’t fit into her purple totes!

Not bad, eh?  or Not bad, huh?!

I have rights to both phrases as we are a blended American/Canadian family!   =)

This is only 7 of my 10 brown bags I managed to complete ~ the other 3 were filled from under MY bathroom sink … just MY side!!  How embarrassing!  I should have taken a before picture… lesson learned!  Here is the underside of my sink now… and the 3 bags!! One to recycle, toss, and donate.

what will I use this space for now??! =)

I tried to hide the most embarrassing items like the tampon boxes!

Now… if you will excuse me I have some brown bags to fill!  =)

Have a Great Weekend ~  I am hoping to drive to Marysville to hang with my sisters tomorrow!

… in the rain!

I might be around on Sunday.. for a few minutes… maybe?!

Just Jenn~

20 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Nancy yazmış:

    Don’t you love a good “purge” of the messiness. That is a glorious day for me. Just give me some brown bags and a disaster, make my kids go somewhere, and I am in HEAVEN! Yippe for you. Have a fun weekend.

  • 2 Amy yazmış:

    Yeah I think you did a great job. I love the rooms and colors..

    Have fun with your sister..

  • 3 Jessica yazmış:

    LOL, wow. If I had a buck for every time I tried and failed at that!
    Speaking of which, I really need to get to it again .. but probably won’t.

  • 4 naomig yazmış:

    I love the chalkboard paint as a road! I’ve never heard of using soapstone before… this intrigues me! 🙂 Please come do my house next. It’s a pigsty. I just opened the guest bedroom/sewing room/computer room closet doors, and things came cascading out on my head. Seriously. It’s such a huge job I hyperventilate thinking about even starting it! And the room is tiny!

  • 5 Karen yazmış:

    Hi , it is Karen from totsandme.blogspot.com. I just received your email letting me know you were having trouble finding me. I replied to that but thought I would leave a comment here too. Hopefully through one of these attempts we can connect.
    In regard to your cleaning attempt, it looks like you’ve done a great job. I have such trouble getting rid of things/clutter that my clutter remains. I try, but I get all agitated if I try to throw something away I might have a use for in the future.

  • 6 Amanda @ Serenity Now yazmış:

    Looks great!! I need to try this at MY house. 🙂

  • 7 Tammy yazmış:

    Looks great Jenn! You make an organizer like me proud!

  • 8 Blessed Adventures yazmış:

    I just did this as well. The winter time just makes you really see what all you have. How its just too much to live with~ Love this post! Simplify

  • 9 Jana yazmış:

    Wait a sec….Marysville? as in WA? I was just checking because I just moved from WA. Tomorrow is a bag day for sure! I am feeling particularly motivated after your post. Thanks!

  • 10 Karen yazmış:

    Just saw your comment on my blog. I am still participating in the other post card exchange as well, if you would just like to exchange postcards. This other one is new, just getting off the ground, and just in case it takes awhile to pan out I would still love to get postcards and send post cards if you are still interested. I am in Pa if you would like to get one from here, where are you located?

  • 11 Amy yazmış:

    I have something on my blog for you. When you get back stop on by.


  • 12 Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog yazmış:

    WOW! I am so very impressed! You (almost) make me want to get up and purge, purge, purge. Notice I said, “almost!” LOL! I am just not in the mood to work today. Prefer playing. LOL!

  • 13 lissa yazmış:

    Now doesn’t that feel great! all organized and stuff being cleared out of the house. I’m glad you got back to it.

  • 14 Pamela yazmış:

    Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog. I really like the purge idea…have to try that soon!!!

  • 15 Amanda yazmış:

    WOW!! I love Sammy room.. and ALL the organizing you did. Such a huge lesson for the kids to learn… way to go mom!! You rock!

  • 16 Maureen McLoughlin yazmış:

    You have done a great job – and you’re totally right. We’re on the same wave length. I look forward to following you!

  • 17 Debby Pucci yazmış:

    Hi, thanks for stopping over at my blog.
    Your email availability would be in your profile.
    It would give people the opportunity to comment from your comment which was sent to my gmail. You are a
    no-reply right now.

  • 18 Pennie at Mom Thoughts yazmış:

    You go, girl! I’m so proud of you…and all of that IS a month’s worth of purging – don’t kid yourself. YOu’ve done a wonderful job! Keep up the great work!

  • 19 Serendipity is Sweet yazmış:

    Wow, that’s quite a job. Well done!

  • 20 Amber yazmış:

    I love the chalkboard road on the wall! Adorable! My son loves cars, that would such a cute idea for his room:)

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